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Montage of Spring 2004 Performers

Mark Erelli concert cancelled due to weather.
New concert added: Ashley Davis and Liz Carroll, March 16

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Winter / Spring 2014

February 15
at Unity

Amy Speace

Amy Speace, photo by Gina Binkley“Amy Speace's songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicamentsit's a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it's wide open” says legendary rock critic Dave Marsh in his liner notes to Speace's newest collection “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” (WindBone/Tone Tree). Marsh continues, “It is the most daring, confident, ambitious and beautiful album Amy Speace has made since she began recording.” Speace, once an actress with The National Shakespeare Company, has crafted a document to living gracefully with grief that weaves a most unlikely yet beautifully poetic narrative between her very modern lamentings and the characters in Shakespeare's plays. The New York Times wrote “For those who argue that poetry is a dying genre, I suggest listening to Amy Speace.”

Tickets available at the door

March 1
at Unity

Mark Erelli

Mark Erelli, photo by Rodney BursielThis show has been cancelled due to the forecast very hazardous winter weather (snow+sleet).

Mark Erelli travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.

Erelli is also an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London's Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square's Club Passim. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli.

Cancelled due to forecast hazardous winter weather.

March 6
at Unity

Catie Curtis (Jenna Lindbo opens)

Catie Curtis, photo by Joseph Anthony BakerThe New Yorker calls her “a folk-rock goddess.” Rolling Stone says “In a clear, deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion. Intricate acoustic picking sometimes slants its way into jazz territory, recalling Joan Armatrading, and her staunchly feminist messages further the comparison. But Curtis is very much an original, and a refreshing departure from the stale formula offered by many of today's singer- songwriters.” As Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe notes, “Any fool can write a love-gone wrong song; it takes a real genius to write a love-gone-right one. No urban songwriter does that better than Curtis.”

Jenna Lindbo, photo by Mia Ulmer

One part wise old woman and one part goofy little kid, Jenna Lindbo is going to find a way to your heart. It's only a matter of time. An Oregon native, Jenna travels the country, inspiring audiences from Asheville to Anchorage with her rootsy folk songs and infectious joy. Along the way she keeps meeting folks who love to hear her music, soak up the effervescent energy of her shows, and get smacked upside the heart. “If you don't have fun listening to Jenna, it's pretty much your fault.” Peter Mulvey


March 16
at Liberty

Ashley Davis and Liz Carroll

Ashley Davis To celebrate St. Patrick's Day and 20 years of folk music on Kansas Public Radio's Trail Mix, you're invited to a special double bill concert at Lawrence's Liberty Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 featuring singer-songwriter Ashley Davis and fiddler Liz Carroll.

We're also celebrating the release of Lawrence native Ashley Davis' new CD, Night Travels. Davis, whose original music is grounded in contemporary folk as well as the Irish tradition, possesses a gorgeous voice that has drawn high praise from many corners of the musical world, from composer Philip Glass to singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman to Irish vocal legend Moya Brennan, of Clannad. Her new CD, Night Travels, features such notable guests as Brennan, guitarist John Doyle, and fiddler and singer Sara Watkins, who came to fame with the bluegrass band Nickel Creek. At this concert, she will be joined by a highly skilled band, featuring the great Irish harpist and singer Cormac de Barra, who also is featured prominently on her new CD.

Liz Carroll

Ever since winning the All Ireland Senior Fiddle Championship at age 18, Chicagoan Liz Carroll has been acclaimed as one of the greatest artists in Irish traditional music. From being awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, to playing in the White House for President and Mrs. Obama on St. Patrick's Day and being invited to perform at the 1st American Congress of the Violin, hosted by Yehudi Menuhin, Carroll has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. But in addition to her fiddling, Carroll has become renowned as a talented and prolific composer, whose tunes are played around the world. Her live performances are especially renowned. Neil Tesser, best known as a jazz critic, noted “her quicksilver lines can captivate violin admirers way beyond the bounds of Hibernia.” She has just released her own new CD, “On the Off Beat.”

Downstairs seating will be at 4 and 10 seat tables, with tables sold only as full tables. The best way to get 10 seat tables is through West Side Folk. If you are interested in one of those, please call 785-550-3476 for more info. The best way to get 4 seat tables is at the Liberty Hall box office. (you can go through Ticketmaster but have to pay their fee on each of the 4 seats at the table).

Upstairs seating will be general admission, with tickets available at the Liberty Hall box office to avoid the Ticketmaster fee, but also available through Ticketmaster.

A portion of the profits will go to Kansas Public Radio.

Available at Liberty Hall

(Not part of season ticket package)

April 4
at Unity

Kate Macleod and Kat Eggleston

Carrie NewcomerSometimes referred to as K2, Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston's collaboration is an exquisite musical experience. They have been performing together since 1999 and since have released two full-length recordings, Drawn from the Well and Lost and Found, which features original songs, traditional instrumental pieces from the British Isles and a few surprise covers including one by the supergroup ABBA. Both artists have a strong background in traditional American and Celtic music that is reflected in their sound. Kate is featured on vocals, fiddle, and acoustic guitar. Kat is featured on vocals, hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar.

Kate MacLeod composes classic American music, and is best known for her original songs and her unique fiddling style. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. She has been hailed as one of the “Ten Acts to Watch” by the editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Kate's songs have been performed by her on nationally syndicated radio shows including NPR's “What's in a Song,” Tom May's “River City Folk,” the holiday program hosted by Judy Collins, “Peace on Earth,” and have been sung by others on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Kat Eggleston is one of the most accomplished guitarists and singer-songwriters in the Americana, Celtic and traditional music genres. Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat's music reflects a wide range of life's experiences with unusual clarity and authority. In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat Eggleston goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father's garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness.


April 25
at Unity

Pierce Pettis

Pierce PettisPerforming Songwriter calls him "...One of the more vital and critically acclaimed folk stars of recent years" while Sing Out says "Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature."

Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation's most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis' music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce's rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work.

Pettis has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe, appeared nine times on American Public Radio's Mountain Stage, been featured on National Public Radio's E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe ... appeared on VH-1, CBS News, and the Nashville Network.

During his long career Pierce Pettis has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and was a staff songwriter at Polygram/Universal Music Publishing in Nashville. He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for “You Move Me” --recorded by Garth Brooks.

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These concerts start at 7:30pm.

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Buy a season ticket and see all five regular Spring
concerts for just $88 (a $15 savings!)
(March 16 concert at Liberty Hall not included)

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Check out other area concerts like these:

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Mass Street Music presents occasional concerts and clinics.

Visit this page or phone 785-843-3535 for more info.

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Look here for other regional folk events:

Tuesday Concert (Lawrence)
Lawrence's songwriter showcase. Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire.
Songwriters Circle of Kansas City
Info: 816-363-1917
Crosscurrents (Kansas City)
Crosscurrents info: 816-292-2887 www.crosscurrentsculture.org
Missouri Valley Folklife Society
(Kansas City)
Info: 816-691-8717, www.mvfs.org
Kansas Public Radio
Presenting folk on the airwaves, including Trail Mix and Prairie Home Companion. Visit the online Trail Mix event calendar for upcoming folk, bluegrass, and Celtic events.
Kansas Folk Music and Dance Resource Center
Linking the past and present and future of folk, including links to folk events and organizations statewide

Concert Locations

Unity Church (wheelchair accessible)
9th & Madeline (3/8 mile west of Iowa Street on 9th St). Directions

The Pavilion at Lied Center (wheelchair accessible)
1600 Stewart Drive (on KU's West Campus). Directions


Season Tickets: Buy Online
Season Tickets save money & give you reserved seats front and center at each concert! (All other seating is general admission only). Get all five regular Spring concerts for just $88 (a fifteen dollar savings). (March 16 concert at Liberty Hall not included in season ticket package.)

Ticket Outlets: 
Individual and season tickets are available via mail order or (with credit card) online. Individual tickets will also be available soon at Mass Street Music in Lawrence. Send mail orders, with checks made out to West Side Folk, to: West Side Folk, c/o Bob McWilliams, 3026 Longhorn Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049. Please include an email address and/or phone number so we confirm receipt of your mail order. Mail order tickets will be held at door, unless you include a SASE.

Credit card orders: Tickets purchased online via credit card will require presentation of photo ID and the original credit card, or government-issued photo ID at the door.

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